Former LMAS Director Made Bank In 2 Months

Remember Wayne Zelinsky, the now-former interim director at LMAS?

Here’s a refresher, as so many seem to have forgotten his reign of terror:

Wayne Zelinsky worked at Metro Animal Services only into February in 2011. Less than two months.

Guess how much he was paid.

According to Metro’s own salary database, Zelinsky sucked down $24,196.58. $12,671.86 in actual salary and $11,524.72 in “other” funds.

Was he paid handsomely for his “resignation” or what?

Yep, that guy made that much cash for doing what he did. More than many of you make in an entire year. While running some sort of escort service on the side.

Greg Fischer’s Company Got Big Tax Incentive

What? Your local paper did a story about Greg Fischer’s company – Dant Clayton – getting a fat taxpayer incentive of $1.19 million and it didn’t bother mentioning it was, you know, the mayor’s company?

Four companies were approved for state and local tax incentives Thursday based on plans to bring a total of 107 jobs to Louisville.

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved the incentives, which the companies can collect over a period of 10 years if they meet wage and hiring goals.

— Dant Clayton Corp., a manufacturer of bleachers and other sports seating, may add 72 jobs paying an average hourly wage of $23, according to state documents. The company, founded in 1979 and headquartered in Louisville, was approved for a total award of $1.19 million.


And before you complain? Yes, he’s still a part of the company.

Louisville Yearns For Government Transparency

Whattya know? Experts say they wouldn’t hire the guy Greg Fischer hired to run LMAS. And, get this: Greg Fischer’s office refused to be interviewed for this story. Doesn’t sound too sure about his hire to us because actions speak louder than words. [WAVE3]

Four cases of how tearing down a highway can relieve traffic jams and save your city. [Infrastructurist]

What is it with being first and “breaking” news? It’s already old news that Jim Ramsey has been called to testify in Frankfort regarding the University of Louisville Hospital merger mess. [FOX41]

If you missed it, here’s your chance to see the extensive video footage of both Steve Beshear and David Williams at press conferences after their Kentucky Farm Bureau appearance. [Page One]

One our my favorite things – the rare moments when we bother looking at the Courier-Journal – is when Dan Klepal does a great local story. This one about LMAS is a solid example. And isn’t it funny hearing Greg Fischer tell all these groups to work with the new director? After he, himself, has spent a year refusing to work with them? [C-J/AKN]

Brown-Forman voted to re-elect its board members during its annual meeting yesterday. [Business First]

If you’re an elected official – say, on Metro Council – you should have to be up-front with your constituents about why you’re missing four months of work while getting a paycheck. [WFPL]

Churchill Downs won’t be getting instant racing this year, according to its CEO. [H-L]

Service for Peace is collecting backpacks for low-income families and you should consider helping out. [WHAS11]

Sweden has learned to be so transparent that it takes citizens on tours of its nuclear storage facilities and asks for their input. Louisville’s mayor is so far in the opposite direction that every single thing he does is secretive (particularly when it comes to hirings and spending hundreds of thousands of tax dollars) and there are often penalties for those who reveal details. [NPR]

Remember the Cecil New-Ivan Cano murder case that shook this city to its core? The case is settled but investigators still have questions. [More FOX41]

Go see this Art After 80 exhibit at the Jewish Community Center beginning this weekend. [Consuming Louisville]

It’s Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh On A Hustler



She rode around on an electric Hustler Zeon Lawn Mower at the Billy Goat Hill Community Garden to show off the latest in green technology.

“This is a very important day for the district as we move forward with our Green Triangle initiative,” said Ward-Pugh. “If we are serious about being good stewards of our environment and creating sustainable solutions, this lawn mower is a logical choice to help the community garden.”

She purchased the mower for the garden in the 9th District with Neighborhood Development Funds. It mows more than an acre on a single charge.

“No gas to spill, no fumes to pollute and a lot less noise in something as basic as mowing grass,” said Ward-Pugh. “This mower is an important step towards the day when everyone will be able to breathe air free from pollution, and enjoy a quiet afternoon free from a roaring lawnmower machine. The next step is to find ways to power this mower from renewable energy sources as well as reducing the amount of grass to be mowed!”

Why Greg Fischer needed to be there is beyond us. His quotes have been ignored.